Visa and entry requirements Mayotte:
Passport not required
No visa is required

Information from the Foreign Office on her Mayotte trip:

Mayotte is an island group southeast of the African mainland with about 230.000 inhabitants. The islands are located in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique, while geographically belonging to the Comoros. Mayotte is politically part of France and part of the European Union. The official language is French and the currency is the euro.

The archipelago consists of the main island of Grand Terre - Mayotte, a side island Petit Terre and several small uninhabited islands. The highest elevation of the volcanic island Mayotte is the Mont Benara with 660 meters.

Among the most well-known animal islanders are the giant tortoises, which lay their eggs on the beaches at dawn. There is also a rare species of lemurs as well as frolicking whales and dolphins off Mayotte's shores. In the lush rainforest you will find very old baobab trees and the huge, up to 30 meter high ylang-ylang trees with their bright yellow flowers.

The island population now consists of up to 38% of illegal immigrants from the neighboring Comoros. Of the many refugees who mostly reach the Grand Terre by sea at night, there are often very pregnant women, as children born to Mayotte automatically become French citizens. Nearly 98% of all residents profess Muslim faith.

Mayotte lives mainly on agriculture, tourism and import duties. On the main island live temporarily sent by France officials and a unit of the Foreign Legion.

Mayotte's largest cities include Mamoudzou, Dzaoudzi, Bandrele, Pamandzi, Boueni, Koungou, Kani-Keli, Sada and Dembeni.

The most important sights of the archipelago are the Vanilla Museum, the Mayotte Museum, Karihani Lake, Prefect Beach, the view from the 210 Marches d'Acoua, the Tourism Office, the Botanical Garden of Coconi, the beach of Moya and other stunning sandy beaches ,

The capital of Mayotte is Mamoudzou with around 65.000 inhabitants located on the main island. Ferries leave from the capital for the neighboring island of Petit Terre, where the international airport is located. Mamoudzou impresses with its imposing bay right after arrival.

In February 2016 I traveled Mayotte for four days, coming from Nairobi with Kenya Airways. After direct flights from France, this is the only way to fly to the island of Mayotte from the mainland.

Upon arrival at the airport, the ferry will take you to 20-minute drive to the main island. The first impression actually resembles the typical France. It is very noticeable that almost all women have applied the traditional facial painting with the yellowish-shining sand-wood paste, similar to the women in Myanmar.

Basically, Mayotte consists of a beautiful hilly green landscape, has some impressive beaches and there is always somehow the pleasant smell of vanilla in the air.

For me, a complete island tour with my native host via couchsurfing was on the program for the first day. The island is very quiet and relaxing with all the countless fruit trees and its colorful flower variety. The next day, hiking was on the program and we headed up the 594 high mountain Choungui to enjoy a breathtaking view as a reward. Afternoon and the next day we went to relax to the famous beach on the N'Gouja Bay. There you can swim in the perfectly temperate sea with the huge turtles, you just have to be careful that you are not scared of them. Once a turtle appeared right next to me, at first I thought it was a kid with swimming cap :-)).

All in all, Mayotte is a worthwhile holiday destination. After the somewhat exhausting journey, you will then be compensated with great days off.